From “Apple Security Chief Offered iPads to Police as a Bribe for Gun Permits, Prosecutors Allege” ($) in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal:
Apple’s head of security has been indicted on bribery charges for a scheme in which prosecutors allege he offered iPads to secure gun permits for his company’s employees.
Thomas Moyer allegedly promised to give 200 iPads to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to get four concealed carry licenses, according to Jeffrey Rosen, district attorney of the Bay Area county where Apple is based. The charges are part of a broader probe into the sheriff’s office.
Two high-ranking sheriff’s office officials, Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen, were indicted on a charge of requesting the bribe. The two men held back on issuing the permits until Mr. Moyer “agreed to donate close to $70,000 worth of iPads,” said Mr. Rosen. “The donation was pulled back at the eleventh hour when our search warrants into this probe began.”
Ed Swanson, an attorney for Mr. Moyer, who runs global security at Apple, said his client was innocent and that the indictment was the result of a continuing dispute between the district attorney and the sheriff.
My take: A pretty misleading lead. Palo Alto Online’s version puts these indictments in the context of the district attorney’s two year investigation of Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith’s reelection campaign, which has led so far to the indictment of 13 people, most of whom presumably offered cash, not iPads.